Challenging task, says Juneja

Challenging task, says Juneja

India’s Manpreet Juneja, who played an innings of class, said it was challenging to bat against the West Indies ‘A’ bowlers on the third day track.

“Since it is the third day, it was pretty challenging. Especially with the spinners because it was uneven. Otherwise it was a pretty good track,” said Juneja after his knock of 84 here on Friday.

When asked about his strategy against the left-arm duo of Nikita Miller and Veerasammy Permaul, Juneja said, “The only thing I was looking to do was to not let them settle down. If they settled down, things could get dangerous. That’s exactly what happened eventually,” he remarked.

“Once I got out, we didn’t score runs and they got on to us. When we were attacking them, it was easier to play. If I had played a little longer we would’ve been in much better position.”

 While Juneja was the man stepping up to the plate for India, Miller was doing the same for Windies. The Jamaican bowled 35 overs in all, 26 of which he bowled at a stretch on Friday, to return with figures of 35-11-61-4.

 “Bowling an entire day is not something I have not done before,” the 31-year-old remarked casually. “It was needed at that moment. My skipper (Kirk Edwards) asked me to bowl from one end and asked me to keep it tight. I just followed the plan.”